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The Emperor's Ride
Notes on a Famous Photograph

In 1869, San Francisco was in the throes of a “velocipede” mania. Hundreds of citizens flocked to the Velocipede Training School, located in the Mechanics’ Pavilion that stood on part of today's Union Square, to learn how to ride and to participate or watch competitions. The Grand Velocipede Tournament, held in April 1869, was the zenith of this young cycling culture. It attracted the curious, the strong, and two important personages who realized its historical significance: the eccentric Emperor Norton and the photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Join the Mechanics' Institute and the Emperor’s Bridge Campaign for a free lecture about this moment in time.

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Detail of the map

Aug 28 - 6:00pm

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Aug 29 - 11:00am

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